Going to the Well - Again
Mayor Daley wants to raise $1 million to buy back guns and remove them from Chicago streets, but the latest in a string of corporate fund-raisers got off to a slow start.
Sources said former Board of Education President Michael Scott was asked to co-sign a wave of fund-raising letters and make fund-raising phone calls after the initial response was lukewarm from a business community that's also being called upon to bankroll Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid.
Even if corporations are becoming aware that the mood in the country is decidedly pro-gun, they are also tired of being hit up for "contributions" whenever the mayor has a "shortfall." Most notably, the massive cost overruns at Millennium Park we covered by equally massive corporate "donations" and people like Oprah dropping a few million. This is hardly the only case, just the biggest we've ever heard of. Different CPS schools, charter and the like, are "sponsored" by corporations big and small under the guise of training the up-and-coming workforce. In reality, Daley wanted to avoid massive tax increases to satisfy union demands, even in the face of substandard results.
The corporate well drying up could mean taxpayers get stuck with many more of the Olympic bills coming up. That might mean a taxpayer revolt soon.
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